815340 Lecture series in soil, water and atmosphere

Semester hours
Lecturer (assistant)
Nolz, Reinhard , Holzmann, Hubert , Ertl, Thomas
Offered in
Wintersemester 2023/24
Languages of instruction


This course introduces students to the science and practice of hydrology and water management. More specifically, it aims at understanding hydrological processes; physical, chemical and biological processes in soil and water; and soil-plant-water-atmosphere relations.
One focus is on the introduction of methods and techniques regarding monitoring and modelling of hydrological processes. The requirements of environmental, spatial data (e.g. precipitation, land cover, soil type, etc.) are emphasized and public access data sources are referenced. Examples of applications of hydrological models for flood forecasting and groundwater resources management are addressed. Hydrological processes are then considered in terms of sustainable management of water and soil. Another focus is on urban water management.
Topics include water balance components, soil properties, water retention and water fluxes, crop water requirements, water quality, drinking water supply, and wastewater treatment.

Previous knowledge expected


Objective (expected results of study and acquired competences)

After successful completion of this course, students will be able to
- name and describe the physical and hydraulic properties of soils and the respective methods of soil analysis
- explain the processes controlling the storage and transport of water within the unsaturated and saturated zone and river channels
- explain the FAO-approach for determining crop water requirements and irrigation demand
- argue the need for process monitoring with respect to model development and prospective planning
- identify the dominant hydrological processes for runoff formation
- find and apply public access data bases of environmental data sets
You can find more details like the schedule or information about exams on the course-page in BOKUonline.